VICTORY IN JAPAN was a more muted celebration, in contrast to the jubilation of Victory in Europe Day. Saturday 15th August 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day – the end of all hostilities in the Second World War. While peace arrived in Europe in May 1945, those fighting in the Far East continued until Japan's surrender in the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs.
The Second World War finally came to an end on 15th August 1945, with Prime Minister Clement Atlee's announcement: "The last of our enemies is laid low".
King George VI addressed the nation from a balcony at Buckingham Palace and streets across the nation were filled with people singing, cheering, dancing in scenes which echoed the declaration of peace in Europe three months earlier. Bonfires were lit, fireworks sent soaring into the sky and historic buildings floodlit as the whole country celebrated the news that their remaining troops would soon be returning home.